The Inspiration: Grease Monkey Verkerk
The Barber: Natalie
A fellow walks into the shop all overgrown and dusty, wearing his work coveralls, and points to the Reuzel postcard with the razor faded pomp on it.
His hair has unfortunately been hacked with thinning shears down to the scalp on his last haircut, in addition to being buzzed up to the whorl, so I let him know we might have a bit of growing and evening to do. He’s good with whatever, as long as the sides are super short.
I was totally planning on pomping this head, but as I cut, his strong hair directionality along with his general look (more so from slightly above his head, in my vantage point at the time) was looking awful familiar. So I pulled up this photo on my phone, we changed course, and he was even more excited about his new hair.
Still essentially a razor faded pomp (faded with the razor, not clippers and liners, just like the 89-year-old Italian barber I apprenticed under taught me), just roughed up and texturized a bit to camouflage the over-thinning from his last cut.
With this only being the first visit, I am positively giddy about the things we are going to do to his head in the future.
If you like to keep your cut fairly fresh, getting in the chair every two weeks is ideal for this cut. The top only needs a trim every 4 to 6 weeks, so depending on your growth tolerance, you can get away with a total cut every month.
This one it pretty easy. Roughly blow dry it up and back, lifting in the front for height. You can use a big paddle brush or even your fingers. Slather in some green Reuzel, rake back with a wider-toothed comb, and we are now going in the direction of a Verkerk/grease monkey hybrid.